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Publication numberUS7065817 B2
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 10/935,059
Publication dateJun 27, 2006
Filing dateSep 7, 2004
Priority dateSep 9, 2003
Fee statusLapsed
Also published asUS20050050641
Publication number10935059, 935059, US 7065817 B2, US 7065817B2, US-B2-7065817, US7065817 B2, US7065817B2
InventorsVickie L. Shield
Original AssigneeShield Vickie L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Body bed
US 7065817 B2
Abstract
A body bed is provided for use by pregnant women and other persons for sleeping on their stomachs. A mattress includes a tummy well formed in the central region thereof and a tummy well strap including VELCRO attached to both ends of the strap. The bottom surface of the mattress has VELCRO material so that the tummy well strap may be continuously adjusted to any length to provide optimum support for the spine of the user. The mattress may also include a separate breast well and a separate breast well strap having VELCRO ends which may be continuously adjusted to any length to provide optimum support for the spine of the user.
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Claims(3)
1. A body bed usable by persons to sleep on their stomachs, comprising:
a mattress,
a tummy well formed in the central region of said mattress,
a tummy well strap having first and second ends and hook and loop material attached to said ends,
the bottom surface of said mattress carrying hook and loop material adjacent said tummy well,
whereby said tummy well strap extends over said tummy well and may be continuously adjusted to a desired length within the tummy well by the user as said user is lying on said body bed.
2. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising:
a breast well formed in said mattress,
a breast well strap having first and second ends and having hook and loop material attached to said ends, and
the bottom surface of said mattress carrying hook and loop material adjacent said breast well.
3. A body bed usable by pregnant women to sleep on their stomachs, comprising:
a mattress,
a tummy well formed in the central region of said mattress,
a tummy well strap having first and second ends and hook and loop material attached to said ends,
the bottom surface of said mattress carrying hook and loop material adjacent said tummy well,
a breast well formed in said mattress,
a breast well strap having first and second ends and having hook and loop material attached to said ends, and
the bottom surface of said mattress carrying hook and loop material adjacent said breast well,
whereby said tummy well strap and said breast well strap extend over said tummy well and said breast well, respectively, and each may be separately and continuously adjusted to a desired length within said tummy well and within said breast well by the user as said user is lying on said body bed.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This application claims the benefit of and priority from U.S. provisional application Ser. No. 60/501,521 filed Sep. 9, 2003.

BACKGROUND AND BRIEF SUMMARY OF INVENTION

The present invention pertains to a bed which allows pregnant women to sleep on their stomachs during their pregnancy. More particularly, the present invention provides adjustable support for the stomach and breasts to reduce pressure on the spine as the pregnancy progresses. The invention is also usable by men and women that have had abdominal surgery and need to sleep on their stomachs. It is also usable for patients who have undergone other types of surgery such as breast surgery or back surgery wherein sleeping on the stomach is desirable.

It is known in the prior art to provide mattress designs having tummy wells and breast wells which allow pregnant women to sleep on their stomachs. Most of those prior art designs utilize inserts which provide only a small number of adjustments to the size of the tummy well and the breast well. There is a need for a body bed which allows an adjustable support for the tummy well and breast well wherein the adjustment is continuously variable as opposed to being adjustable through a small number of discrete steps.

The present invention provides for this continuous adjustability by utilizing support cloths which extend over the tummy well and breast well which have VELCRO on both ends. The ends of those cloths are attached under the body bed. The VELCRO fastening allows the straps to be adjusted to any desired degree deemed suitable for the user.

A primary object of the invention is to provide a bed on which pregnant women and others may sleep on their stomachs, and which provides tummy and breast wells along with continuously adjustable tummy well and breast well straps to provide optimum support for the user's spine.

A further object is to provide a bed on which pregnant women and others may sleep on their stomachs having continuously adjustable straps with VELCRO fasteners.

Other objects and advantages will become apparent from the following description and drawings, wherein:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a mattress according to the invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the mattress of FIG. 1 showing the tummy and breast wells in phantom;

FIG. 3 shows the mattress of FIGS. 1 and 2 together with the breast well strap and tummy well strap;

FIG. 4 shows the mattress and straps of FIG. 3 with the straps attached to the bottom of the mattress;

FIG. 5 shows a mattress according to the invention with only a tummy well, for use by men;

FIG. 6 shows the mattress of FIG. 5 together with the tummy well strap; and

FIG. 7 is a bottom view of the mattress showing VELCRO on the bottom of the mattress.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIGS. 1–4 show a body bed mattress 10 constructed of foam or other suitable bedding material. Mattress 10 has a tummy well 20 formed in the central region of mattress 10. Tummy well 20 extends through the entire thickness of mattress 10. A separate breast well 30 is formed in mattress 10 and extends approximately half way through the thickness of mattress 10.

As shown in FIG. 7, mattress 10 has a bottom surface 11 to which VELCRO material is attached adjacent tummy well 20 and adjacent breast well 30.

Mattress 10 has a bottom surface 11 to which VELCRO material is attached adjacent tummy well 20 and adjacent breast well 30.

A tummy well cloth or strip 50 is provided which is of sturdy material and which has VELCRO material attached to ends 51 and 52. The tummy well strap 50 is therefore adjustable through an infinite number of positions within the depth of tummy well 20. The user simply lies on the mattress 10 with her (or his) stomach in tummy well 20. The tummy well strap 50 is pulled taut on both ends until the proper support has been achieved and then the ends 51 and 52 are pressed against the VELCRO on the bottom surface 11 of mattress 10 and the user may sleep comfortably with proper support for her stomach and minimum pressure on her spine.

Similarly, the breast well support cloth 60 is provided having VELCRO surfaces provided at ends 61 and 62. The user simply lies on the mattress 10 with her breasts in breast well 30 and the breast well strap is pulled taut and attached to the bottom of the mattress 10 when the proper support has been achieved.

It is to be understood that the mattress design of the present invention may be used by many patients or users in addition to pregnant women. Any individuals needing to rest or sleep on their stomach may obtain the proper amount of stomach and breast support by utilizing the present invention. Persons needing only stomach support could use a mattress having only a tummy well.

FIGS. 5 and 6 show a body bed 110 with a tummy well 120 but no breast well. Tummy well strap 150 has ends 151, 152 that carry VELCRO, which attach to VELCRO on the bottom 111 of mattress 110.

The tummy well and breast well cloths may alternately be attached to the side walls of the mattress. Although this alternate form makes it easier to apply the support cloth or strap, the support is not as secure as connecting the straps to the bottom of the mattress.

The foregoing description of the invention has been presented for purposes of illustration and description and is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise form disclosed. Modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. The embodiments were chosen and described to best explain the principles of the invention and its practical application, thereby enabling others skilled in the art to best use the invention in various embodiments and with various modifications suited to the particular use contemplated. The scope of the invention is to be defined by the following claims.

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US9545156Jun 16, 2014Jan 17, 2017Ronen Yechiel MendiEnhanced mattress
US20060096034 *Nov 5, 2004May 11, 2006Tucci Marsia IMattress with breast support panels
US20110277243 *May 3, 2011Nov 17, 2011Walt CromptonComfort sleeper
EP2886017A1Mar 31, 2014Jun 24, 2015Yechiel Mendi RonenEnhanced mattress
Classifications
U.S. Classification5/735, 5/930
International ClassificationA47G9/00, A47C20/02, A47C20/00
Cooperative ClassificationY10S5/93, A47C20/025
European ClassificationA47C20/02H
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jan 22, 2010FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4
Jan 22, 2010SULPSurcharge for late payment
Feb 7, 2014REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
Jun 27, 2014LAPSLapse for failure to pay maintenance fees
Aug 19, 2014FPExpired due to failure to pay maintenance fee
Effective date: 20140627